Looking back at another sustainable year

Anders Langworth
20-12-17 8:34 | Sustainability

When faced with global challenges that severely impact societies and businesses, we need to look at everything we do from an sustainability perspective. Expectations from customers, employees, regulators and investors are on a steep and steady rise, both on how we act as a company and on the solutions we provide. 

Given this, the past year, we have had more focus on sustainable banking than ever. Join us for a tour through our – and the industry’s – most important events.

I am very proud of these achievements, which are the result of dedicated work and constructive discussions with our customers and collaborations partners. Looking ahead, we know what we want to achieve and we have a lot to do. We are eager to take the next steps in our sustainability journey. 
Anders Langworth, Group Head of Sustainable Finance 

Nordea plays an active role in sustainable change for the whole industry

  • Together with Nasdaq we created a new tool for comparing the sustainability footprint of our investment portfolios, making it easier for customers to understand the impact of their investments. 
  • Nordea Life & Pension invested SEK 50 million into Norrsken Foundation’s new impact fund, Norrsken Venture Capital fund 1 (Norrsken VC ) in June. A fund that invests in so-called impact unicorns – companies that are considered to have the potential to influence at least one billion people positively.
  • In August, the Leveraged Finance-team in Large Corporates & Institutions provided the first-ever sustainability-linked leveraged buy-out loan in the Nordics when financing for Trill Impact’s acquisition of Nordomatic.  
  • We launched an energy-saving loan in Denmark to further strengthen our sustainable product offering.
  • Nordea has, along with 15 other banks and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), developed PACTA for Banks; a tool for measuring the alignment of the banks’ corporate lending portfolios with climate scenarios across a set of key climate-relevant sectors and technologies..
  • As an internationally recognized asset manager, we are leading collective engagement initiatives with other investors. Recently, in relation to the construction of the coal plant Vung Ang 2 in Vietnam and in Brazil, demanding an environmental policy that would reduce deforestation and fires in the region. 

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